Dec 14

2 Ryson Spirals used to clear an existing lineThis week, we are shipping two of the shortest Mass Flow Spiral Conveyors we have manufactured. They will be used in an up-over-down configuration to clear an existing line.

The  customer needed to install a new bottling line in a tight space without interfering with an existing line. Their new layout will use one spiral to elevate bottles, in mass, over the existing floor-mounted conveyors and the other will bring them back down to the floor level.

All Ryson Spirals are made to order and these spirals are a perfect example of how the Ryson modular design is flexible enough to easily work with the most challenging of layouts.

These 1900-260 model spirals utilize our 10” wide mass flow slat to handle full PET bottles (10 to 64 oz.) at speeds of up to 650 bottles/minute. The Hybrid stainless steel construction allows these to be used in a wet environment.

For more information on the Ryson Mass Flow Spiral Conveyors, visit www.ryson.com, download the Mass Flow Spiral Brochure, or you can read application stories from our weekly blog.

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Dec 07

Ryson Maintenance Training after installation is complete

Last week, our service department conducted Ryson Maintenance Training at a new project site for a large manufacturer of packaging materials.

The customer had ordered ten Model 1700-600 Spiral Conveyors. The spirals were installed at the end of ten production lines, conveying finished product up to overhead conveyors which flows to the palletizing area.

The customer also purchased the additional start-up training package we offer. Our technician, certified by PMMI’s training program, reviewed the preventive maintenance procedures and conducted a general product orientation with sixteen of the company’s maintenance staff.

Part of the start-up package includes checking for proper spiral integration and make any adjustments required to optimize performance and longevity. In this case, minor issues were quickly corrected by their controls team.

We consider these site visits to be a win-win. It is an opportunity for us to show off our commitment to customer service and will ultimately decrease our customers’ cost of ownership.

For more information on Ryson maintenance training and our commitment to customer service, visit www.ryson.com, and you can also read more service stories on our weekly blog.

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Nov 16

Ryson Spiral for the Craft Beer MarketUsing Ryson Spiral Conveyors in the beverage and craft beer market is getting some good attention. Such is the case with this highly visible spiral.

This week we shipped this spiral to a craft brewery in Indiana for our integrator partner Van Zyverden. It’s color is called Tele-Magenta and will do the lifting in a state-of-the-art packaging line.

This spiral will elevate trays of beer cans from the production area to the packaging area at a rate of 60 CPM. The trays enter this spiral at 4’0″ and elevate them to an overhead conveyor at 11’6″. This 1300-400 spiral also has an extended infeed to minimize ancillary conveyors in the layout.

Ryson Spirals can be powder coated in most RAL colors, or stainless steel. Whatever your reason for choice of color, Ryson is happy to accommodate.

Ryson offers many custom options and configurations, color being one of them. If you would like more information on Ryson Spirals, visit www.ryson.com, or read more stories about custom color options on our weekly blog.

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Oct 05

Bag Handling Spirals: The Ryson Unit Load Spiral Conveyors are most widely used for cases and totes, but they are also well suited for bags and pails.

Bag Handling SpiralsThis week we’re highlighting a spiral that will be handling bags of Rice, ranging in weight from 25 to 100 lbs.

This 1600-500 model spiral, sold by our integrator Premier Tech, declines bags from an elevation of 16’ down to 10’ to a high level palletizer at a rate of 30 bags per minute.This spiral will be mounted on our extended leg support structure and was configured in a way not to interfere with the pallet dispensing system.

Ryson has much experience with conveying bags and sacks – everything from whey powder to kitty litter. If you would like more information about the Ryson Unit Load Spirals, visit our website, or read more application stories on our weekly blog.

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Sep 07

dynamic vertical bufferTwo Ryson Spiral Conveyors can be used together to provide a dynamic vertical buffer. 

A perfect example is this current project: Next week we’ll be shipping this combination of an up and down spiral that will serve as a dynamic vertical accumulation buffer. Our Integrator partner, Conveyor & Caster EFI, needed to create a method of dynamically storing over-wrapped absorbent products in the case of a downstream interruption in line flow. 

dynamic vertical buffer spirals

 

The two Ryson model 1500-400 spirals (15’ tall) contain over 150 feet of conveyor length creating room for about (130) packs or about seven minutes of buffer. When the case packing operation stops, packs are diverted into the up spiral, while shifting to a lower speed, thereby creating smaller gaps between the loads. When the line flow resumes, packs are metered into the line from the spirals and the buffer is emptied.

Stay tuned for the case history of an upcoming project where we are doing the same type of off-line buffering on a very tall reversible spiral in front of a robotic palletizer. If you would like more information on how Ryson Spirals can create a dynamic vertical buffer, visit www.ryson.com or read examples of past projects on our weekly blog.

 

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Aug 30

One of the many ways Ryson focuses on customer support is by offering video product testing.

Ryson offers video product testing

Ryson offers video product testing

This is a convenient way so see how your product will be handled on a spiral. If you have any concerns about stability, orientation or transferring into a spiral, you can simply send us some samples. We can then film your product on a spiral in our shop similar to your specifications. The video will then be uploaded to a secure area on our YouTube channel. This allows you to view the video and pass them on to your customers, and no one else will be able to view it.

Ryson also offers the same procedure with factory acceptance tests (FAT). We can film a spiral running so you can send it to your customer before we ship it. These videos also include callouts to key components of the spiral, to help you get acclimated before the spiral arrives.

For more information on Ryson’s vertical conveying solutions, visit www.ryson.com. You can also read more stories about our video FAT and product testing on our weekly blog.

 

 

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Aug 10

Ryson always welcomes a customer visit. It is a great way for customers to familiarize themselves with our vertical conveying equipment, how they are constructed and how to best maintain them.

Ryson offers a customer visit to our integrators and potential customers.

Ryson welcomes plant tours for our integrator partners and potential customers.

This week we hosted an inspection by an automotive parts manufacturer. The customer sent various personnel, including operations, production design and maintenance to witness their product running on one of our spiral test units.  Our review of their production line layout helped us understand their needs for our Narrow Trak spirals and the critical issues (like infeed and outfeed transitions) that we need to address going forward.

 The visitors were then given a demonstration of the preventive maintenance procedures by one of our senior technicians and a walk-through of our manufacturing facility and parts storage areas.

If you are interested in a plant tour, or testing your product on one of our spirals, give us a call. We would be happy to visit with you. Check out some more stories from customer visits to our manufacturing plant on our weekly blog. Read more about our commitment to customer service on our website.

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Aug 03

Ryson Mass Flow Spiral with special design featuresIn the next few weeks we’ll be shipping two custom Mass Flow spirals with some special design features.

These two stainless steel hybrid spirals will work as part of the bulk de-palletizing system for a major brewery.

The special design features include a top canopy cover and removable clear lexan side guard extensions to keep dirt and debris from entering the bottles during their transport to the filler.

They will raise and lower empty glass bottles at rates exceeding 1,100 per minute. The elevation change on this 1900-400 model spiral is 13 feet and is made of components designed to handle wet environments.

 Our Integrator Partner, Gebo Cermex Canada, specified Ryson to their customer based on our reputation in the mass flow spiral market, where we have many project sites in North and South America handling bottles, cans and jars in mass.

If you would like to learn more about our Mass Flow Spiral Conveyors, visit www.ryson.com. You can also read more stories about custom solutions on our weekly blog.

 

 

 

 

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Jul 27

Ryson TCO

Ryson’s spirals are designed and manufactured to provide a lower total cost of ownership (TCO) when considering all costs associated with owning and operating equipment for vertical transportation of goods; initial price, shipping, installation, operation, maintenance, consumables, and reconfiguration.

TCO - Total Cost of ownership

There is a lot more costs associated with equipment than just the purchase price. Image © PMMI, developed by the OpX Leadership Network.

 

 

Capital equipment acquisition in many ways is analogues to an iceberg.  Most of the focus is on the readily visible part, the initial purchase price, however much more lies hidden beneath the surface and requires some investigation to ascertain.  A “Total Cost of Ownership” analysis reveals many hidden costs that can occur in: Shipping, Installation and Startup, Facility Requirements, Maintenance, Consumables, Utilities, and Removal or Reconfiguration.

A good example of these concepts would be two vehicles, one with a low purchase price but that gets poor fuel mileage and requires frequent costly maintenance verses another that has a higher purchase price but that gets good mileage and requires infrequent maintenance with reasonably priced components.  Obviously the first will require less initial investment but with time it will cost more to “own” especially if used frequently and for long distances.  If you include other less tangible costs like loss of use, or substitution costs, when the resource is unavailable because of repair and incidental costs like towing when the vehicle unexpectedly breaks down, the total cost of the initially less expensive option becomes rapidly more expensive to own than the other option. 

End of life or usefulness costs also need to be considered.  The cost, or return, of disposing of or modifying the unit needs to be considered in the TCO.  For example if a truck is being used to transport materials and after three years the requirements change and the truck is no longer suitable as is, the truck must be replaced.  However, if the bed of the truck can be modified for a reasonable amount, the useful life of the truck is extended, potentially significantly reducing its total cost of ownership.

The industry group PMMI working with the OpX Leadership Network facilitated a group of Consumer Packaged Goods companies and suppliers to these companies to develop a process that outlines developing a TCO analysis.  This document is available at https://www.opxleadershipnetwork.org/ for reference.

Many of the design features of Ryson’s spirals provide the benefit of addressing TCO.

  • The small footprint reduces the space required to vertically transport product.
  • Overlapping slats provide a continuous conveying surface that provides high throughput.
  • Rolling slat support removes sliding so lubrication is not needed and power requirements are reduced.
  • The modular design allows the spiral to be reconfigured for a fraction of the price of a new spiral.
  • The bearings are sealed for life and automatic chain tensioning reduce maintenance requirements and make maintenance scheduling predictable.
  • Horizontal infeeds and outfeeds provide the gentlest possible transitions for the product being handled.
  • Many more.

It is beyond the scope of this introductory blog to cover these and other features in detail.  You can find more information in other associated Ryson blogs or by contacting Ryson at sales@ryson.com. Our Vertical Conveying Solutions Video (below) goes into some more detail on how Ryson Equipment can help with cost savings.

 

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Jul 13

Ryson offers an optional startup service. Customers and Integrators alike may opt for a Ryson Startup Service to ensure the spiral is integrated properly, and are set up to optimize the spiral operation.

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Ryson Service Tech makes final integration adjustments on a startup service.

A Ryson service tech will assist in the installation and startup of the spiral to assure the items conveyed are being handled properly. They will also inspect and consult for proper integration both mechanically and electrically. Every Ryson Service Tech is a certified PMMI trainer and will train the customers’ staff on the proper care and maintenance of the spiral.

Ryson is dedicated to providing excellent customer service and support. The Ryson Service Department is always available to assist with installation and service questions. While our products require very little maintenance, it is important that they are maintained correctly. Ryson offers factory or on site maintenance training designed to maximize the benefits of our products and to ensure a long and trouble free operating life.

Read more about our support on the Parts and Service page on www.ryson.com. You can also read some more installation stories on our weekly blog.

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